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New Report Examines Effects of Affordable Care Act Repeal on Hospitals and Health Systems

December 08, 2016

The American Hospital Association and the Federation of American Hospitals recently released a report that quantifies the impact of a potential repeal of the Affordable Care Act would have on hospitals and health systems.

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HAP Leader Helps Create Hospital Guide to Ensure Health Care Services in Vulnerable Rural, Urban Communities

November 29, 2016

News Release:  A new report issued by the American Hospital Association (AHA) addresses ways in which hospitals can help ensure access to essential health care services in vulnerable rural and urban communities. 

Andy Carter, president and chief executive officer of HAP, serves on the 29-person health care leader task force that developed the report.The task force met with policymakers and hospital and community leaders during a 15-month period to identify essential health services, strategies to meet community needs, and barriers to those strategies.

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Philly Area’s Top Patient Safety Initiatives for 2016

November 15, 2016

News Release:  Innovative patient safety efforts from Penn Medicine, Jefferson Health, and Main Line Health were honored at the 2016 Annual Meeting of the Delaware Valley Healthcare Council (DVHC) of HAP held in November in King of Prussia, PA.

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Congressman Pat Meehan Earns Health Care Leadership Award

November 07, 2016

News Release: The Delaware Valley Healthcare Council (DVHC) of The Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania (HAP) announced the recipient of its 2016 Distinguished Leadership Award, U.S. Congressman Pat Meehan (R-PA 7), in honor of his leadership in Washington, DC, to support and improve health care in Pennsylvania. 

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HAP Donate Life Hospital Challenge Top Performers, Designations Announced

October 27, 2016

News Release: HAP, the Center for Organ Recovery & Education (CORE), Gift of Life Donor Program, and the Pennsylvania Department of Health (DOH) today announced the top hospitals and health systems of the 2016 HAP Donate Life Hospital Challenge.

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CMS Announces Early Success in its Comprehensive Primary Care Initiative

October 21, 2016

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced the results from its Comprehensive Primary Care (CPC) initiative. The CPC initiative is a multi-payer partnership with the goal of supporting primary care as the foundation of the health care system. The program provides care coordination payment to primary care clinicians to enable them to provide patients with access to comprehensive and coordinated care.

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HAP Convenes Cybersecurity Forum Highlighting Federal Partnerships in Prevention, Response to Cyber Threats

October 20, 2016

News Release: HAP hosted a cybersecurity forum that brought together federal officials and Pennsylvania health care providers to discuss federal cybersecurity policy and ways hospitals and health systems can partner with federal agencies in preventing and responding to cyber threats.

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HAP Testifies on Proposed Balance Billing Legislation, Shares Hospital Transparency Efforts

October 19, 2016

HAP provided testimony relating to Senate Bill 1158 before the Senate Banking and Insurance Committee. Senate Bill 1158, sponsored by Senator Judy Schwank (D-Berks), proposes balance billing legislation aimed at preventing consumers from receiving surprise bills from out-of-network providers.

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PA Hospitals Saving More Lives for Ten Common Health Conditions

October 19, 2016

News Release: Pennsylvania hospitals continue to improve quality and drive down mortality and readmission rates, according to a new report released by the Pennsylvania Health Care Cost Containment Council (PHC4).

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Interstate Compact Legislation Passes Senate Unanimously, On its Way to Governor’s Desk

October 18, 2016

House Bill 1619—Interstate Medical Licensure Compact (Interstate Compact) legislation—completed its final hurdle in the legislature by passing the Senate unanimously, 49–0. Sponsored by Representative Jesse Topper (R-Bedford), House Bill 1619 enables Pennsylvania to join an Interstate Compact that already includes 16 other states.

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GAO Report: Health Care Quality Measures Must Be Aligned to Be Meaningful

October 17, 2016

A new report by the U.S. Government Accountability Office calls for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to set priorities and comprehensively plan its efforts to better align health quality measures.

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HAP Selected to Continue Patient Safety Efforts Under National Partnership for Patients Initiative

October 03, 2016

News Release: HAP has been selected as one of only 16 national, regional, or state hospital associations, Quality Improvement Organizations, and health system organizations to continue efforts in reducing preventable hospital-acquired conditions and readmissions.

The CMS announcement of the Hospital Improvement Innovation Network awardees marks the third time HAP has secured a highly-competitive contract as part of the national Partnership for Patients initiative. HAP is the only Pennsylvania-based Hospital Improvement Innovation Network.

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HAP Urges Delay of Policy Impacting Access to Outpatient Services

September 08, 2016

HAP submitted comments to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services addressing issues raised about the calendar year 2017 proposed rule for the hospital outpatient prospective payment system, including the implementation of a new site-neutral payment policy for off-campus hospital outpatient departments.

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Navigators Selected to Help Consumers Enroll in Federal Marketplace; Nation’s Uninsured Rate Drops Below 9 Percent

September 08, 2016

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services announced the navigator grant recipients that will assist consumers in enrolling in the federal health insurance marketplace. Open enrollment begins on November 1, 2016, and runs through January 31, 2017.

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Physician General Shares Ways the State, Providers are Fighting the Opioid Crisis Together

September 07, 2016

Pennsylvania’s Physician General Dr. Rachel Levine spoke about ways that hospital and health system leaders are working with government partners and other stakeholders to help address the opioid crisis.

 

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